Vietnam enter semifinals after dramatic Myanmar win in AFF Futsal Championship

Two goals were scored within the last 20 seconds as Vietnam beat Myanmar to top Group A

Trong Luan celebrates after opening the scoring. Photo: Tuoi Tre

The Vietnamese national futsal team finished the group stage with a 3-0 win over Myanmar in the ASEAN Football Federation HDBank Futsal Championship 2017 in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday.

Despite deploying their pressing tactics right from the start, Vietnam were faced with resilient defense from the opposing side and could only find a breakthrough with seven minutes to half-time thanks to Trong Luan’s opener.

Power-play strategy saw all the five Myanmar players looking for an equalizer with dominance, but proved costly as Ngoc Son and goalkeeper Nguyen Van Huy scored with less than 19 seconds on the clock.

Vietnamese Thai Huy handles the ball. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Vietnamese Thai Huy (L) handles the ball. Photo: Tuoi Tre

The hosts entered the match needing only one point to secure the top spot thanks to three victories in as many previous matches.

Vietnam kicked off the tournament with a devastating 24-0 win over the Philippines on October 27, then edged past Indonesia 4-3 the next day before routing Brunei 18-0 on October 29.

Next up for Miguel Rodrigo’s side is Group B’s runners-up Malaysia while Myanmar face Thailand.

Quoc Nam (R) challenges Myanmar’s goalkeeper. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Quoc Nam (R) challenges Myanmar’s goalkeeper. Photo: Tuoi Tre

The semifinals will be played on November 1.

The AFF Futsal Championship 2017 saw a total of eight teams drawn into two groups and will have its final and third-place games taking place on November 3.

The top four teams will qualify for the 2018 AFC Futsal Championship.

Vietnamese goalkeeper Van Huy, wearing the yellow jersey, celebrates after scoring with two seconds left. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Vietnamese goalkeeper Van Huy, wearing the yellow jersey, celebrates after scoring with two seconds left. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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